Cracking Times at the Clock Tower
Last modified: 26 April 2012
Cardiff’s peregrine falcons on the City Hall clock tower have done it again! After the shock of some terrible weather and expectant watching, the first signs of a chick hatching have been seen this week.
The peregrines have been observed bringing food morsels to the nest on a regular basis, a sure sign that the first of their eggs has hatched. These super-fast birds of prey hatch in the order they are laid, so we hope for a few more hatchings over the next couple of days.
The peregrines have nested on the clock tower of Cardiff City Hall for the past six years, and are the centre of attention for a current viewing project led by RSPB Cymru, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales and Cardiff Council.
Phil Pinder RSPB Cymru Membership Development Officer said: “This is fantastic news; our capital mascots have done it again. It will be a couple of weeks before we see the chicks themselves, as the parents will keep them sheltered until they become a bit more robust. It will be exciting to gauge the level of feeding and speculate how many young there may be.”
RSPB Cymru will be running weekend events throughout the season to bring people closer to nature and share our love of these magnificent birds. Look out for the Green RSPB tent on the City Hall lawn, come over, have a look and join the fun. For more information, please visit www.rspb.org.uk/datewithnature or to keep up with news from the nest, click on our blog http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/getinvolved/wales/default.aspx
A nest-camera will beam live footage to a screen inside National Museum Cardiff so that visitors can get close-up views of the pair. Visitors will even be able to keep up with all the action from the comfort of home by viewing the footage online at www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/peregrines/
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